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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release for the Big Thief frontwoman was produced by Luke Temple.
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  1. Oct 16, 2018
    90
    Over these ten songs Lenker continues to carve out the little slices of magic that at this stage we now fully expect from her.
  2. Uncut
    Oct 1, 2018
    90
    It's an invitation to peer into the hidden spaces of an extraordinary modern songwriter, where calm and quiet moments prompt superlative work. [Nov 2018, p.32]
  3. Oct 5, 2018
    85
    Providing newfound comfort and warm familiarity, abysskiss is a record that will quickly find its way into your heart and slowly caress your soul.
  4. 80
    In ten aptly small songs Adrianne evokes our ability to vanish at the feet of nature, creating a black hole all of her own that’s both comforting and suffocating.
  5. Oct 5, 2018
    80
    Subtle swells of synth and strings back up the album’s most emotionally intense moments, but her vocals can do the job on their own, especially on beautiful highlight ‘cradle’.
  6. Oct 4, 2018
    80
    Across the record, Lenker covers big emotions and small moments, noticing horse tails, eyelashes, and silences. The immediacy of the performances has the effect of eavesdropping on a late-night living room lament.
  7. It may not be the most exciting project to be released by the singer, but it’s complexity and composition make for a perfect power-down playlist.

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  1. Oct 5, 2018
    10
    I can tell lots of thought went into these songs. This album takes patience, but it is so worth it. Its actually quite clever, lyrically,I can tell lots of thought went into these songs. This album takes patience, but it is so worth it. Its actually quite clever, lyrically, rhythmically, melodically, and in tibre, if you are willing to really listen. This album is a portal into the vulnerability of my childhood. This album is delicate, not something i could share. And for me that's amazing.
  2. Oct 25, 2018
    10
    At first listen, you hear another singer/songwriter album. But, if you dive into it. It is so much more than just that. The melodies and hooksAt first listen, you hear another singer/songwriter album. But, if you dive into it. It is so much more than just that. The melodies and hooks are brilliant, the production is stellar and Adrianne's vocal performance is so soulful and powerful it givers me chills every time. This is definitely my favorite album of the year, by far. Highly recommend.

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